Experiencing Your First Meal After Trauma

A Series of Firsts: Your First Meal
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Food and the way we eat is symbolic of self-nurture, nourishment, care, community and connection. We often gather to eat and in most cultures, we have rituals around it.
Eating is not simply a fuel source even though it serves that purpose. That’s why our experiences and associations with food can be so powerful and emotional.
Oftentimes, trauma can affect how we eat, what we eat and if we can eat at all. For a lot of survivors, there may have been long periods of no meals, simply liquids or being fed through a tube.
What was that like for you?
How was it when you got to chew, taste, and commune with others over a shared experience — a meal — for the first time?
What did it mean to you?

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